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  1. Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid

    Basically, they thrive in a high CO2 environment, because it doesn't bother them and makes their prey weaker. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....
  2. Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I'm speaking on "Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers" at Oxford University on Monday, June 17, 2019. The list is maintained on this page....
  3. Computers and Video Surveillance

    It used to be that surveillance cameras were passive. Maybe they just recorded, and no one looked at the video unless they needed to. Maybe a bored guard watched a dozen different screens, scanning for something interesting. In either case, the video was only stored for a few days because storage was expensive. Increasingly, none of that is true. Recent...
  4. Video Surveillance by Computer

    The ACLU's Jay Stanley has just published a fantastic report: "The Dawn of Robot Surveillance" (blog post here) Basically, it lays out a future of ubiquitous video cameras watched by increasingly sophisticated video analytics software, and discusses the potential harms to society. I'm not going to excerpt a piece, because you really need to read the whole thing....
  5. Report on the Stalkerware Industry

    Citizen Lab just published an excellent report on the stalkerware industry. Boing Boing post....
  6. Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot

    How in the world did I not know about this for three years? Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a robot that always wins at rock-paper-scissors. It watches the human player's hand, figures out which finger position the human is about to deploy, and reacts quickly enough to always win. EDITED TO ADD (6/13): Seems like this is...
  7. Workshop on the Economics of Information Security

    Last week, I hosted the eighteenth Workshop on the Economics of Information Security at Harvard. Ross Anderson liveblogged the talks....
  8. Employment Scam

    Interesting story of an old-school remote-deposit capture fraud scam, wrapped up in a fake employment scam. Slashdot thread....
  9. Friday Squid Blogging: Possible New Squid Species

    NOAA video. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....
  10. iOS Shortcut for Recording the Police

    "Hey Siri; I'm getting pulled over" can be a shortcut: Once the shortcut is installed and configured, you just have to say, for example, "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over." Then the program pauses music you may be playing, turns down the brightness on the iPhone, and turns on "do not disturb" mode. It also sends a quick text to...

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